Link-up by young engineers

The Buckhaven pupils create a model bridge
The Buckhaven pupils create a model bridge
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Young would-be engineers from Buckhaven High School recently enjoyed a very constructive trip in which useful links were forged.

Teacher Graham Dick took his National 5 Engineering Science class to the the new Forth Road Crossing Replacement Contact and Education Centre in Edinburgh.

Teacher Graham Dick took his National 5 Engineering Science class from Buckhaven High School to the the new Forth Road Crossing Replacement Contact and Education Centre.

Teacher Graham Dick took his National 5 Engineering Science class from Buckhaven High School to the the new Forth Road Crossing Replacement Contact and Education Centre.

There, they learned about the kind of work carried out on the new bridge by civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers.

Engineering Science, previously called technological studies, has recently started as a qualification for some of the senior pupils at Methilhaven Road who are keen to become engineers through apprenticeships or college and university courses when they leave school.

The subject covers electricity and electronics, microcontrollers and programming, pneumatics, materials, mechanisms and structures, while exploring the roles of engineers and their impacts on society, economics and the environment.

The youngsters found out about a range of technological advances involved in the construction of the bridge, as well as the techniques that engineers are employing in putting the structure together.

After an initial presentation, the group then took part in the Tetrahedron Bridge challenge, where they worked in sub-teams to build a bridge from lengths of dowel and elastic bands.

Brought together by class quantity surveyor Jay Cunningham, they managed to construct a bridge of around eight metres in length.

The pupils will use their knowledge to cover many outcomes of the National 5 course through an engineering report, contributing to assessment for one of the subject units.